British Torture Trial Backfires

Acquittal in case that mirrors Abu Ghraib sparks public outrage
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2007 9:30 AM CDT
British Torture Trial Backfires
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The prosecution of a group of British soldiers for mistreating Iraqi detainees—one of whom died under questioning—has backfired on the British government. Four soldiers have been acquitted of various crimes after a three-year investigation. Now the knives are out for leading members of the British government over the botched prosecution.

The scandal has mostly passed under the US media radar, but one compelling aspect is the parallel between the methods allegedly used by U.S. and British interrogators against detainees.  (More Iraq stories.)

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